COVID-19 situation reports - 2021
A snapshot of current needs and response
Reporting period: 1 - 28 February 2021
- The first COVID-19 vaccinations took place on 17 February, with President Cyril Ramaphosa receiving the vaccine. UNICEF continues to support the training of health care workers, cold chain management and ongoing communication to promote vaccine demand and to counter misinformation. To date, some 70,000 healthcare workers have been vaccinated.
UNICEF South Africa’s #TheTruck multimedia activation visited six of the worst COVID-19 affected districts across KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province. For the first time, the COVID-19 prevention messaging campaign included vaccine related information through the voices of local people, healthcare workers and a vaccine expert. The next stop on the campaign trail is the North West province.
UNICEF supported the Department of Social Development (DSD) on the development of a proposal for the national Treasury to advocate for the protection of early childhood development (ECD) workers, as part of the presidential stimulus package. This resulted in an allocation of nearly half a billion ZAR (Rand) that will support some 108,800 ECD related workers for a period of six months.